Neck Lift Overview
For patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight, a neck lift treats the hanging skin that can sometimes resemble a “turkey neck.” A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Timothy Mountcastle, can remove the loose skin and excess fat from the neck to create a stronger profile and more youthful appearance.
Skin tightening is the primary technique used during this surgery, however, liposuction is often a part of the process as patients with a thick neck will require the removal of the fat tissue beneath the skin and neck muscles. This procedure also removes localized fat deposits and evens out the appearance of wrinkles and facial lines. We provide neck lift consultations in our main office in Ashburn, VA at the Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute.
A neck lift will address several issues including the removal of excess fat, the trimming of hanging skin, and the tightening of loose skin around the underlying neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin, and in some cases, behind or in front of the ears. If fat removal is part of this surgery, liposuction will be the first step. Next, the neck muscles (platysma) are pulled tight and the overlying skin is stretched and re-draped to achieve the desired definition. Sutures are placed deep within the neck wall and a drain may be inserted to control bleeding.
A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete, but that will vary by surgical case. After surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients will feel tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position. Most patients are able to return to work within 7-10 days. It can take several months for the optimal results to appear and for the neck to look and feel natural.
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Neck Lift Faqs
Is there an nonsurgical option for neck lifts?
Loose skin within the neck is a distinct flaw that can only be removed through surgery. Unfortunately, this is the only true way to redefine a person’s neck and add the necessary definition needed to improve the contour and profile.
Are the scars from a neck lift visible?
A neck lift does require an incision under the chin and near the ears. However, these are placed inconspicuously (within the hairline on the ears and under the chin) so looking straight ahead you will not see them. We make every effort during surgery to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.
What is the average age for a neck lift patient?
Individuals in their 20s and 30s may benefit from a neck lift, especially those who have experienced a massive weight loss or have a hereditary defect of the neck. Patients in their 60s and 70s often undergo a neck lift to cosmetically treat the visible signs of aging.
Will a neck lift address my chin?
Some patients will have issues with their neck, but these problems may actually be the result of a “weak chin.” Without the proper support of the chin bone, the neck isn’t able to have a defined contour. A chin implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) may be recommended to reshape the chin and make it wider or more prominent. This can have a great impact on the neck for many patients. This surgery is considered a reconstructive procedure and requires the skill of an experienced surgeon. A neck lift may still be needed once the chin has been corrected.